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Braindead/Dead Alive (1992) – Gloriously Gory and Wickedly Wild

Holy freakin’ crap, what a wild ride this 1992 Peter Jackson film is! This is a Zombie movie that reaches new levels of gore that I have never seen before.

I really can’t describe this film other than using one word:

Awesome.

More blood and gore than I have ever seen in one movie, and yet, Peter Jackson made a good movie and not JUST a gorefest.

The film takes place in 1957 New Zealand, and involves some of the most decrepit, funny, violent and weird Zombies and Zombie action ever filmed. These are disease/plague Zombies and they spread through bites starting with the bite from an evil hairless rat-mokey in a Zoo (the movie starts with a Zoo official taking the 

monkey from Skull island against the wishes of the angry natives of said island) – wait until you see the creepy monkey this – wow is all I can say about that freaky creature.

I’m not going to tell you any more about the story, because I want you to see this film. I will mention that this film has the greatest lawn mower scene ever… EVER!

It turns out that the whole damned movie is also available on Youtube, so if you are impatient, you can watch it there.

See this movie and then let me know what you think.

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s a link to the whole movie (for as long as the link lasts):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUW6Mtg10tU


Bad Taste (1987) – Grossly Awesome

Peter Jackson… You know the, the guy that made Lord of the Rings – that guy made this movie. Wow… just wow.

Released in 1987 in New Zealand, this film is probably best described as a cult horror/science fiction film. Low budget, this is Peter Jackson’s first full length feature film. The effects are done by Jackson himself who also stars in the film on screen.

Basically, a New Zealand town’s residents all disappeared and a team of 4 paramilitary/anti-alien fighters are sent to root out the danger.

Turns out the dangers are aliens disguised as humans, who have packaged up the residents of the town as meat for the intergalactic fast food market. Our heroes must defeat the aliens and stop the slaughter.

As stated, this is a low budget film that I read took about 4 years to complete (due to the stated low budget). It definitely feels low budget, but don’t let that stop you: Peter Jackson created an interesting and original, if gross film here. gore and humour interspersed, if you are not easily grossed out, and actually enjoy the kind of movies I write about on this blog, then you might like this. It definitely is interesting to see the expanse of Peter Jackson’s film making skills when you compare this to the Lord of the Rings trilogy that the rest of the World knows him for.

Definitely recommending this one – to those without a weak stomach. Check out the trailer here:


The Devil’s Rock (2011)

Last night we watched a New Zealand film, The Devil’s Rock. A story of a couple of New Zealand soldiers on the cusp of D Day who discover Germany’s plan to create/conjure a Paranormal Demon weapon to be used against the Allies.

A low budget film that gets the job done, The Devil’s Rock uses practical effects (masks, silicone and blood), instead of CGI, which is a breath of fresh air from low budget flicks that use special effects that lok like they were created on an under powered laptop from the 90s. Pretty good acting, gore and a great visual  experience, we liked this movie. If you look it up on IMDB.com, they only give it a 5.1 out of 10, but if you look at the user reviews, it trends much higher.

Look for this film and buy it. Or… Hey! You can rent it on youtube.com at http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=lxLqwWWbb04&ob=av4n&feature=mv_sr

Here’s the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EllR0Y995E